Student Programs

The 40th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference in Chicago, IL, is proud to offer several exciting events focused on student attendees. Don't miss the Student Poster Session at the Fairmont Hotel following the conference kickoff. Witness the competition as students showcase their work and then see who emerges as the winner of the poster competition, as well as the Virtual Case Competition and Student Paper Competition at award ceremonies later during the conference! 

Are you a student who is still looking to get involved? Whether or not you plan to present your work at the conference, we welcome your participation in the three activities listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Rui Shan ( for more details.

Best Student Paper Awards

Want to show your research is the best of the best? Submit your paper on a topic of energy economics to be considered for the 2023 Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE/IAEE Best Student Paper Awards.

Up to four students will be selected to present their work at the USAEE/IAEE North American Conference and receive a Student Paper Award of $500 cash plus a Conference Registration Fee Scholarship. Among those four, one will receive the Best Student Paper Award and an additional $500. A panel of judges makes all decisions. Award recipients must attend the conference to present their paper and receive their award.

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PhD Day

Sunday, 5 November 2023
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel

Are you looking for a supportive and inclusive environment to share your research and receive dedicated feedback from your peers? Join fellow students from around the country who are studying energy economics at this student-only event, held prior to the start of the main conference. Here, you can present your work and receive constructive criticism from other attendees with the help of an assigned discussant. Discuss some of the most pressing issues in the field, meet other students who share your interests, and establish valuable connections for the future.

This session is on Sunday, November 5 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel, site of the 40th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference.

This session is included with Student Registration; be sure to designate your attendance on the registration form.

Best Poster Award Competition

Monday, 6 November 2023
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel

Are you confident in your ability to present your research effectively and convincingly? Showcase your work through a poster competition for a chance to win a cash prize of $1,000. Compete with other talented students to display your most effective visuals, refine your elevator pitch, and prove why your research stands out from the rest.

The poster session will be held on the first day of the conference during the evening reception. The event offers a great opportunity for students to engage directly with conference attendees and continue conversations over the next two days.

The competition is open to all student conference attendees, so don't miss this opportunity to showcase your skills and potentially win the prize.

This competition is exclusively for students and offers a cash prize.

Student Mentoring Breakfast

Monday, 6 November 2023
8:00 - 9:00 am

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel

The 40th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference will offer a special opportunity for students to engage directly with seasoned professionals in the major areas of energy economics so as to hear first-hand about real careers and hard-won experiences.

This event provides informal mentoring opportunities between energy professionals and students who are contemplating which energy economics career path to pursue. However, this event is not intended to offer any direct entries into the jobs market, rather it aims to help students make better informed choices about career paths and to provide links with some of the subject matter mentors.

During an initial one hour period (8:00 - 9:00a.m) on Monday, November 6, students can join breakfast with mentors, ask questions and receive advice on how to best pursue different professional routes and the challenges you may encounter along the way. Any one-on-one follow-up after the occasion is entirely a matter for each student and individual mentor.

Open to all students registered for the 40th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference. This session is included with Student Registration; be sure to designate your attendance on the registration form.

Case Competition

The USAEE Virtual Case Competition is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for student teams to apply their knowledge of economics, engineering, and policy analysis. Participants will demonstrate their skills and ideas for potential employers, contribute to solving challenges in the field of energy economics, and compete for monetary prizes.

Please click the button below for Case Competition information.

Case Competition

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